Firehouse Subs donation heats up Opa-locka Police Department

More than $39,000 worth of life-saving tools donated

Miami Times staff report | 4/17/2014, 9 a.m.
(L-R): Front row: Assistant Chief Louis Vega, Major Sharon Gallimore, Officer J. Romero, Officer V. Simpson, Detective EA Crawford. Back row (L-R): Detective R. Bell, Lieut. Alex Hernandez, Firehouse subs Franchisee Gloria Ramirez, Firehouse Subs Area Representative Ted Tallman, Chief J. Key.

Nearly nine years ago, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and education responders and public safety organizations.

Through this non-profit, “over $9 million was donated to hometown heros in 40 states, including more than $1.78 million in Florida,” a press release stated.

Last Thursday, Firehouse Subs presented the Opa-locka Police Department with nine mobile laptop computers. During the presentation at the Firehouse Subs restaurant with power supply docking stations worth more than $19,400. The donated laptops will allow the department’s newly formed Community Oriented Policing (COP) unit to directly input and receive information on scene, decreasing response time as well as reducing the misinterpretation of information.

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. COPS does its work principally by sharing information and making grants to police departments around the United States.

In 2013, COPS funded two officers from the Opa-locka Police Department with more than $250,000.

Founded by former firefighters, Firehouse Subs is a fast, casual restaurant chain with a passion for public safety, according to a press release.